Lucky Beach scoop coveted sustainability award

Prepare to well up with pride, fellow Brighton peeps; local burger maestros Lucky Beach have nabbed a coveted national sustainability award – in the sweetest way imaginable. ‘Delicious’ magazine (formerly BBC Good Food) awarded the scrumptious beachfront spot a gong for its decision this month to support an African community in need. 

All staff contributed a full days pay towards building a medical centre in the small Rwandan village where they source their coffee beans. The cafe also chipped in that days takings, raising a total of £6,000 to help construct a new medical centre. Last year, in a similar initiative, the cafe raised £8,000 to build a school in the same community. 

 Lucky Beach boss Flora McTeare told the Brighton Argus: ‘It is great to get involved… Obviously giving up your day’s wages is a really big thing to do, but the staff were more than happy to do it and be a part of the project.’ Why not swing by this weekend and show some love?

Find out more about Lucky Beach here 

(Picture credit - Lucy Beach Facebook)

Heartwarming post helps lonely-heart toward a roast

Our lovely hippy city’s friendly ‘Brighton Sunday Roast Club’ Facebook community made headlines around the world last week.Disabled member Pat Obyrne, a new member, posted ‘I am disabled, love roast dinners but live on my own, no car, very lonely, but have not got a big appetite’.Within minutes she was deluged with kind-hearted offers of a place at the family table, or a lift out to the pub of her choice with as much company as she could wish for. ‘Hi Pat, you’d be welcome round ours for a roast :) as long as you don’t mind sharing the table with a cheeky toddler!’ wrote one user. ‘I like cheeky toddlers, I was denied access to my grandchildren and have missed out,’ replied a clearly emotional Obyrne. Um, sorry, we have something in our eye…

Drakes scores a hat-trick of top accolades

Fancy-dan hotel, restaurant and bar behemoth Drakes has reaffirmed its dominance of the fine-dining scene with a stunning hat-trick of top-flight recognition in the past month, reports the Argus.First, it achieved the highest rating of any Brighton restaurant in the coveted Good Food Guide for 2018. With a special shout-out to the venerable eatery’s ‘ambition’ with ‘balance and depth of flavour in dishes’, credit must go to Andy Vitez, who rose to head chef a couple of years ago following a five-year stint as sous chef. 

Second, Bar at Drakes’ peerless gin selection was shortlisted for the Gin List of the Year at the hifalutin Imbibe awards in London. New man at the optics Tom Gabb, relatively fresh in post, has won plaudits all over the industry for his knowledgable, friendly and tailored approach.Finally, the cosy deluxe rooms themselves look comfortably in prime position for an award at the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Awards, to be held next month. 

Definitely worth treating that special someone to a visit soon…

Picture credit - Drakes Facebook

Published -25th October 2017